Places to Visit in Davenport Iowa

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Whether you're planning a summer vacation in the Midwest, or a fun weekend with kids, you'll love spending time in the historic city of Davenport exploring and enjoying all of Davenport's attractions. To give you an idea what to do and see in Davenport, see below for more details!

Quad Cities Convention Center

First on our list of places to visit in Davenport Iowa, it’s the Quad Cities Convention Center, which is the Davenport visitor’s center.

The Quad Cities Convention Center is located opposite Leon ‘Bix’ Biederbecke Memorial, just yards away from the stunning Mississippi River.

The Quad Cities Convention Center is a good place to stop by as it provides a great introduction to Davenport, and the best thing is that you'll be able to find lots of info on Davenports’ top attractions.

You’ll also be able to check out what events are happening in Davenport, as well as book guided tours, segway tours and hire bike rentals.

River Music Experience Museum

River Music Experience Museum is a popular attraction in Davenport that you can visit, especially if you’re interested on Midwestern music icons such as Bix Beiderbecke and Pat Patrick.

The River Music Experience Museum boasts cool artifacts such as the actual Maestro Boomerang Wah effects pedal used by Jimi Hendrix, and other exhibits such as music files and artists biographies.

Besides checking out the interesting exhibits, the River Music Experience Museum is a good place to catch free live music.

Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located a few blocks down the road from the River Music Experience Museum, and it’s one of the best places to visit in Davenport Iowa.

The Figge Art Museum is considered one of the best art museums in the US, as it boasts a great collection of late 19th century American Art.
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The The Figge Art Museum also boasts many other collections such as Mexican colonial and European art; regular exhibitions and art events, as well as cool programs such as art talks and regular themed tours.

Modern Woodmen Park

Modern Woodmen Park is the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball minor league team, and it’s a good place to take the kids for fun day out in Davenport.
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Modern Woodmen Park also boasts a kid’s zone down the right field line next to the Party Plaza where kids can practice their pitching skills!

Bucktown Arts Center/ Morrissey Gallery

If you’re wondering about other places to visit in Davenport Iowa where you can marvel or purchase art works, the Bucktown Center for the Arts and Morrissey Gallery are two other good places for this!

Bucktown Center for the Arts is located a short walk from the Figge Art Museum and boasts many art works on display that you can actually buy; while the Morrissey Gallery is located on St Ambrose University campus.

Riverfront Area

The Riverfront Area is without a doubt, one of the top places to visit in Davenport Iowa, especially if you’re planning on renting bikes.

The Riverfront Area is home to the Riverfront Trail bicycle path which runs between Credit Island Park and Leach Park, and offers beautiful views as it runs parallel to the Mississippi River.
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Davenport’s Riverfront area is also the place where you can book river tours, and the place to be during the summer months to catch live music events and festivals such as Juneteenth and QC Pridefest in June; and Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display and IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in July.

German American Heritage Center

The German American Heritage Center is another downtown Davenport attraction worth passing by, not only to learn about the German experience in 1800’s Iowa, but to also see interesting exhibits and enjoy fun events and programs such as the Christmas Decoration workshops in early November.

Putnam Museum

Putnam Museum is another popular Davenport attraction that you must add to your list of places to visit in Davenport Iowa.

Putnam Museum is fun family attraction located nearby Fejervary Park and Koenig Park and boasts cool exhibits and artifacts on display such as a mummified head.
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Putnam Museum also boast an IMAX Theatre, and hosts regular events such as theatrical performances for kids and cocktail nights.

Walnut Grove Pioneer Village

Walnut Grove Pioneer Village isn’t actually located in Davenport proper, but it’s another great attraction that you'd want to visit, especially since it’s free!

Walnut Grove Pioneer Village is located in Scott County Park, just 20 minutes drive north of downtown Davenport.

Walnut Grove Pioneer Village is a nice reproduction (which includes some original buildings) of an early 20th century pioneer village complete with bank, train depot, saloon, general store, and barber shop.


If you’re planning to visit Davenport in the summer, the fairgrounds are another of the top places to visit in Davenport Iowa, especially if you’re traveling with the family.

The Mississippi Valley Fair is held at the fairgrounds in early August for 6 days, and boasts all kinds live events, contests, concerts and fairground rides.

By the way, besides the Mississippi Valley Fair, the Davenport fairgrounds hosts many other events all year round such as gun and car shows, so be sure to find out what’s on when you’re in town!

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